Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.
Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options!
The Duncanson Murals
Taft Art Museum
The first African-American artist to achieve an international reputation, Robert Duncanson moved to Cincinnati after 1840 to embark on an artistic career. Nicholas Longworth (1782–1863), who owned Belmont, now the Taft Museum of Art, from 1829 to 1863, commissioned a suite of eight large landscape paintings from Duncanson to decorate to foyer of his home. The paintings are surrounded by trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) frames and accompanied by overdoor decorations of floral bouquets. Painted in the Hudson River School style characterized by Romantic views of virgin landscape, the imagined landscapes in the murals evoke the Ohio River Valley.
Playhouse in the Park presents Mr. Joy
September 23-October 22
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of a sudden and violent attack. Through the lens of nine of Mr. Joy’s customers – all brought to life by one actress – we learn the subtly profound and unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives.
Dave East Concert
Head to OTR this Sunday for a FREE Dave East Concert! Everyone is FREE before 12 a.m. when they RSVP. Free RSVP tickets are available online or at Blackowned Outerwear. Admission may be added at the door after 12 a.m. Dave East is an emerging Hip-Hop artist from Harlem, NY. His latest album Paranoia dropped August of this year. He has touring promoting his album and Cincinnati has just been added to his list.
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music to create a unique and high energy style they call “Classical Boom.” Accompanied by drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS, Black Violin has spent the last several years performing for sold-out crowds across the country. Tickets prices range from $25 – $45. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID. You can also receive $5 off per ticket when you use the VOYC link to make your purchase. Get them while they last.
CYBP Fright Night Happy Hour
The Video Archive
Cincinnati Young Black Professionals invites you to come kick it with them for Fright Night from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Come meet new people, and help them grow the organization. Admission to this event is free. So grab your friends and coworkers and come on out. Who doesn’t love a good scary movie and a cocktail right? RSVP on Eventbrite today!
Linkin’ Bridge Concert
Linkin’ Bridge is an a cappella singing group from the West End of Louisville, KY. Their warm harmonies and emotional performances gripped hearts across the world during their amazing run on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where they finished as finalists on the last episode of the season. Tickets range from $25 – $40 and can be purchased online. Discount tickets are available for groups of 10 people or larger. Group discount tickets can be purchased by calling 513-977-8838. The show will begin promptly at 8 p.m.
Cincinnati Writer’s Workshop: Finding Your F.L.O.W.
HEIRS Covenant Church
This workshop is not only purposed to help you find your FLOW, but to give you valuable information you need to self-publish in excellence. Tickets are $59 and can be purchased online. Each ticket include a lunch, work book and giveaways. Purchase two or more tickets together and your names will be entered into a special drawing.
Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood
Award-winning artist/poet Annie Ruth and the Cincinnati Arts Association present Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood. This will be an empowering evening of love, laughter, learning and legacy celebrating remarkable women in the community and engaging generations of women throughout the community. Courtis Fuller, WLWT News Anchor will be the host. Advanced tickets are $25 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787 or the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show will start at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati Ques Halloween Party
DJ’s Sports Tavern
Get ready to party in costume! There will be a cash prize for the best one. Tickets are $10 in advanced and $20 at the door. To purchase a ticket, please contact your local Que. This event is 21 and up. The Cincinnati Ques would also like to use this event to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Please bring school supplies, clothes, toiletries and other items to send. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Man Up! Men’s Health Expo
Mercy Health Bond Hill Office
Mercy Health Cincinnati is hosting the second annual Man Up! Men’s Health Expo. There are significant health disparities in Cincinnati, and African American men remain at the bottom of the list for life expectancy. The event runs from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is free, but attendees have the option to register in advance to participate in the free health screenings and hear Ken Griffey, Sr. speak about his career as part of the Reds’ famed Big Red Machine and why having regular health screenings is so important.
The Power of Passion Gospel Play
The Aronoff Center
What could destroy man to the point of losing everything? A woman. Women have been the downfall to many great men throughout history. Passion can cause a man to lose everything, forcing those involved into a position of attempting murder and suicide. Satan goes all out to prove that ‘The Power of Passion is an ever-burning fire!’ This Gospel stage play is presented by Phelicia Moore. Ticket prices range from $49.50 – $61.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787 or visiting the Aronoff Box Office.
Gary Owen Comedy Show
Don’t miss Cincinnati’s hometown comedy star Gary Owen at his first headlining performance at the Taft Theatre. Gary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Ticket prices range from $25 – $75 and can be purchased online, at the Taft Theatre Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cincinnati concert will go down as one of your faves. This legendary rap group will perform hits like “1st of tha Month” and “Crossroads”. These Cleveland natives will take you back in time. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online, or at the venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. This facility only has standing room so wear your comfortable shoes!
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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati